Android Phones For Dummies
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If your Android phone features a physical keyboard, you’re in for a treat: You can assign app shortcuts to the 36 keys on that keyboard. That’s one shortcut per letter key, A through Z, plus 10 for the numbers 1 through 9 and 0. The keyboard shortcuts make up the Quick Launch function. Setting them up works like this:

  1. At the Home screen, press the Menu soft button.

  2. Choose Settings, and then choose Applications.

  3. Choose Quick Launch.

    You see various entries titled Assign Application, followed by the 36 keys from the keyboard, A through Z, and then 0 through 9. If an app is already assigned to a key, you see the app listed. Otherwise, you see the text No Shortcut.

  4. Choose a letter to assign an app to that key.

    For example, choose the C key.

  5. Select an app to assign to the Quick Launch key.

    Pluck an app from the scrolling menu, such as Calculator.

  6. Repeat Steps 4 and 5 to assign more apps to Quick Launch keys.

To use a Quick Launch shortcut, press and hold the Search key on the device keyboard, and then touch the Quick Launch key shortcut, such as Search+C to launch the app associated with the C key.

To reassign an app to a key, repeat the steps and choose a new app in Step 5.

To remove an app from a key, long-press its entry on the Quick Launch screen. Touch the OK button to confirm that that you’re clearing the key.

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